Read, Rinse, Repeat is Dead! (The blog name, not the blogger.) Long live….

July 11, 2013 On blogging 20

Inspiring Insomnia

I’ve been pondering a name change and a move to WordPress for some time.  I created my blog five months ago on a whim and without any familiarity with other book blogs.  I thought of a few names, and the first one I found that was available on Blogger was Read, Rinse, Repeat, and so my blog was born.  Don’t ask me what “rinse” has to do with anything, because I couldn’t tell you.  All I know is that when I told my hairstylist that I have a blog, and I told her the name, she was tickled pink.  The other minor problem is a blogger that many of you know (and if you don’t, you should!) , named Octavia (@ReadSleepRepeat), at the similarly named Read, Sleep, Repeat.  Now THAT is a name that makes sense!  Plus, she staked her ground before I came along.  I know of at least two bloggers who expressed confusion over our names, and once, even I got them confused!

When I began to think of a new blog name, I wanted one that was dissimilar to others in the book blogosphere.  If there are any book review blogs containing “inspiring” or “insomnia,” I haven’t seen them.  Along with the fact that I’m seemingly unable to choose a name without alliteration, I also like Inspiring Insomnia because it so aptly describes my life-long relationship with reading.  From a very young age, I spent many nights huddled under my covers with a flashlight and a book, long after I’d been sent to bed.  Now, I don’t have to hide, but I still spend many nights reading well past my bedtime.

I’ve spent the last month researching the best way to move to WordPress.  For someone still getting used to Blogger, it’s a little overwhelming.  At times, I’ve been tempted to throw money at someone to just do it for me.  But I’m not throwing in the towel just yet.  I’ve purchased the domain name, obtained a web host, and spent some time tinkering with the new site.  I was originally going to announce the new WP site and my name change at the same time, but I finally realized that would be way too confusing.  So, I decided to change the name here on Blogger (even though I’m not going to change the Blogger domain name), to allow people time to get used to it.  I hope to move to WP within the next month, and I certainly hope that you all will follow me!

I also have to think Kristen (@Kris10Williams) at My Friends are Fiction.  She (and her husband) have been an invaluable resource as I stumble through this process, all in 140 characters or less.

If you have any questions, comments, or advice, please let me know.  Also, I’d love to know: what is the last book that kept you up late at night?

Stephanie

20 Responses to “Read, Rinse, Repeat is Dead! (The blog name, not the blogger.) Long live….”

  1. timewantsaskeleton

    I like the new name 🙂 (I named my blog, after wanting to start a blog for months but not being able to think of a name, on a whim, after a classic sci-fi story that’s not even very good. So I sympathize.)

  2. Bellas Shelf

    I love your name.
    I was Bella’s Bookshelf then I saw 2 or 3 with almost the SAME name! So, after much debating I am now Bella’s Shelf. I am the first on the Google Page for my name and there are no other Bella’s Shelf’s but there are Bella’s Bookshelf’s, Belle’s Bookshelf, Bella’s Bookshelves, etc.
    I like it better anyways. I talk about more than books so “Shelf” can mean anything. I have books on my shelf, beauty products, household products, etc.etc.
    I did the switch from blogger to hosted WP about 1 month ago & am mad I didn’t do it sooner! I love hosted WP. I host via GoDaddy for 2.99 month (I bought 1 year in advance) they helped me do everything! They were instrumental in my move. They helped me move my domain, and posts, comments, etc.etc.etc.
    I have to work on the the 404 “warning” I get when I try to link to my new blog from old links elsewhere.
    Templates/blog designs are a tiny bit more pricey, but its worth it and better all around the board.

    • Stephanie K

      It sounds like we both learned the hard way that names with Read, Books, etc. are just bound to have some overlap.

      I went with a company called RFE Hosting. It’s comparable in price to Go Daddy. As for how it performs, I can’t comment yet! It’s great that you got help with your move. I think my host does that, but I believe there’s a fee.

      I’ve read elsewhere about 404, but I’m going to need to do some more research before my move.

  3. Robyn Jones

    Love the new name and the fact that the old name confused you once. Like we won’t follow you! I’ve thought about switching to WordPress and my library just purchased a “moving to wordpress for idiots” book. Can’t wait to see what you come up with!

    • mzvanessa

      I switched to wordpress (from blogger) a while ago. They have an ‘import’ function to bring all your old blogger entries over, which was quite useful.

    • Stephanie K

      Thanks, Robyn! I hope if you make the move that you find it a bit less confusing than it has been for me. The information I’ve researched makes it seem simple, but it all seems to presume that you have a decent level of tech knowledge, and I really don’t. I’ll be interested to hear if your Dummies book does the trick for you!

  4. Kristen Williams

    I love Inspiring Insomnia–just a perfect book blog name <3 You are too sweet to thank Patrick and me...no problem at all! I can't wait to stalk the new WP blog.

    • Stephanie K

      THANK YOU! You know what a great help you and Patrick have been, and I’m sure that I’ll be asking for more. 🙂

  5. mzvanessa

    It must be the time of year to rename your blog.
    I went from ‘Just Winging It’ to Beautiful Dysfunction a couple of weeks ago. It just seems to fit better.

    I really like the new name =)

  6. Sophia Lin

    I love the new name – congratz! :3

    I had trouble with naming my blog for an entire month while designing my blog until I got that little lightbulb moment from a bobblehead in a game… (weird, I know. And the bobble head was old. O-o)

    ~Sophia @ Bookwyrming Thoughts

  7. Bookworm1858

    Thanks for sharing about this-I was a bit startled to see the title of this on feedly but then I kept reading and was reassured.

  8. Kim

    I love the new name! It sounds perfect for a book blog 🙂 I definitely prefer wordpress too. It takes a little while to get used to, but it’s easy and nice and helps me keep organized.
    The last book that kept me up all night was The Monster Calls by Patrick Ness, inspired by Siobhan Dowd, and illustrated by Jim Kay. It’s an MG book, but so well written an adult cane easily get caught up in the story and the dark illustrations really bring the plot to life. I loved it.

  9. Pabkins

    If you need some help April and I over at My Shelf Confessions are helping a buddy of mine through it now and April has helped several people. Also once you’re on WordPress if you need a few free themes I have a Elegant Themes subscription. Just hit me up @pabkins